I subscribed to Sports Illustrated for around 15-20 years (starting from when I was around 12) and really enjoyed the magazine for a long time. Then, several years ago, I noticed I enjoyed the magazine less and less. I finally cancelled about 2 years ago. Basically, I decided that the writing was annoying me and the magazine wasn't a 'must read' anymore, but I couldn't really put my finger on why. About two or three months ago, as part of a promotion, I had the opportunity to get a one year subscription to SI for $2. If anything, it's gotten worse. And, hiring Dan Patrick to write isn't going to help either (IMHO).
Anyhow, I saw this article about SI and I think it really hits the nail on the head.
So, I'm curious if there any other former readers or disgruntled readers who feel the same way I do. Or, conversely, if there are current readers who really like the magazine. Maybe I'm just nostalgic, but it bothers me that the magazine has become what it is. I mean, if I wanted ESPN The Magazine, I would subscribe to that magazine.
Originally posted by Guru ZimI had SI for a few years, and I cancelled two years ago. The news was stale and I was re-reading stories I had already seen on Sportscenter or read about on the web.
I get it, but only cause it's free (thanks, RewardTV). Reilly irritates me, I like the leading off photos, but the rest is news I have heard. I won't actually pay for it. The only thing I really look forward to - a face in the crowd - has gotten much worse.
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I got both of them for free for cashing in some airline miles that would never have amounted to anything. I had subscribed to SI in the past, but it had been 10 years, probably.
I won't renew either one. ESPN the Mag doesn't offer me much useful, especially being published every other week. It's old news. SI isn't much better, and the articles that I used to enjoy seem to be lost among the ads.
I've said this before, but once ESPN got huge and started with it's own magazine it seemed SI turned into nothing but cheap shots at ESPN week after week. I couldn't get through a single issue without finding at least one. It was petty and stupid and I haven't read an issue in years because of it. They still do the same crap on their website so I've got no belief their magazine is any different.
I can't help but think that there is a market for thoughtful, well-written sports analysis, plus longer articles about athletes in lesser known sports. Something like that would be a little more timeless than quick hit articles about last weekend's games. With a weekly, you can't really spend too much time reporting on games that have already happened, especially in the Internet age. Moreover, with ESPN's magazine coming with an Insider subscription, it doesn't make sense to try and ape what they do.
It just seems that SI used to have a lineup of top notch writers who happened to write about sports. Now, although they still retain some good writers, most of them are more interested in spinning tortured metaphors or weaving pop culture references into their writing. Even at $2 a year, I'm not sure I'll renew.
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